In view of the worsening air quality in Delhi-NCR the Delhi Metro announced that it will increase the number of trains on its network to fight the menace of air pollution in the city.
Anuj Dayal, executive director, corporate communications, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said, “Keeping in view the worsening air quality in Delhi/NCR, the Delhi Metro has introduced 21 additional number of trains on its network with effect from October 31 which will provide 812 additional trips. “
The move was announced on a day when 17.8-kilometre long Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake – Shiv Vihar Metro corridor was formally flagged off for passenger operations by Hardeep Singh Puri, union minister of state housing and urban affairs and Manish Sisodia, deputy chief minister, Delhi.
“The journey that started in 2002 has passed the 300 km mark today to reach 314 km. The Metro project in Delhi is a global success,” union minister added.
Central Pollution Control Board recorded the overall air quality index of Delhi at 366.
Environment Pollution Control Authority, appointed by apex court has urged Delhiites to use public transport for the first 10 days of November when the air quality of the national capital is likely to further deteriorate.